Classics Calendar for October 26

Zorba (Anthony Quinn) and Basil (Alan Bates) dance in the
1964 film version of Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

J. Frank Dobie (1888; died September 18, 1964) American folklorist known for Coronado's Children

Beryl Markham (1902; died August 3, 1986) British-born Kenyan adventurer and author who wrote West with the Night

Died on this day:

Susan Shelby Magoffin (1855; born July 30, 1827) American traveler and diarist; Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into Mexico

Nikos Kazantzakis (1957; born February 18, 1883) Greek novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist; epic poem The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel; novels Zorba the Greek; The Greek Passion; Captain Michalis; The Last Temptation of Christ; essay The Saviors of God: Spiritual Exercises

Tony Hillerman (2008; born May 27, 1925) American author of detective novels and non-fiction works who wrote the "Joe Leaphorn" and "Jim Chee" series (The Blessing Way etc.) about Navajo Tribal Police

Bonus Classic:

William Langland (c. 1332 – c. 1386) English poet believed to have written Piers Plowman

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